Light up a life hospice appeal given valuable boost by donation from local company

January 18, 2021

A safety campaign at Tarmac’s Tunstead site has given Blythe House Hospice’s annual Light up a Life* appeal a valuable boost in a year in which many charities’ income has been hit by the pandemic.

Tarmac has supported this charity campaign for 14 years and for the last three years, the donation has been linked to an initiative run at the Tunstead site which encourages all 400 employees to continue to be vigilant about day-to-day safety.

Over the last two years, the company has given this charity appeal nearly £3,000 with the donation for 2020’s appeal £1,218.

Pete Butterworth, Stone and Powders Director, explained: “We are very proud to have a long-standing relationship with Blythe House. This year, with the pandemic seriously affecting the charity’s income, it was even more important that we supported their fundraising.

In support of an on-site safety campaign, employees were asked to vote for a local charity to receive a significant donation and Blythe House has always been a top choice.”

All money raised from Light up a Life will be used entirely to fund the services provided by Blythe House, which are available for anyone in the High Peak living with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses.

Blythe House Hospice Fundraising and Events Coordinator, Rebecca Gregory adds: “‘This year it was more important than ever for us to help families and friends come together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones, and this sponsorship has given us a huge boost. Through this donation, Tarmac has supported Blythe House Hospice care in continuing to provide palliative and end of life care and support, and counselling and bereavement sessions, across our local community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Tarmac has supported our Light up a Life campaign for a good number of years, but the company’s continued support this year is appreciated even more given the loss of income we have seen as a result of the pandemic.”

* ‘Light up a Life is a series of special community events organised by hospices that take place around the UK during the festive period (usually in November and December). These events help families and friends to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones. The events are open to anyone, not just people whose loved one was cared for by a hospice.

Usually, the most important part of these events is the opportunity to dedicate a message in memory of a loved one by:

  • lighting a candle
  • hanging a message on a tree
  • recording the name of someone special in a book of remembrance or reading it aloud.’

This year all events were held virtually due to the pandemic.